The purpose of this study is to examine the determining factor(s) which influence a grandmother's view about her grandparenting experiences, thus shaping her perception of her quality of life. This study used secondary data (n = 49) from a 10 year follow-up with grandmothers who were raising their grandchildren at the time they participated in the Grandmother Parenting Project in 1998-2000. The results indicate that grandmother's satisfaction with grandparenting is significantly related with life satisfaction and mental health. A close relationship between grandmothers and grandchildren was also significantly related with mental health, life satisfaction, and satisfaction with grandparenting and negatively related to depression (statistical trend). The grandmother's resiliency was negatively related to depression and positively correlated with life satisfaction. Married grandmothers with family income greater than $40,000 were found to have higher life satisfaction and employed grandmothers were less satisfied with grandparenting. The results of this study show the importance of a close relationship between grandmothers and grandchildren, for the quality of life of grandmothers.
|Advisor:||Goodman, Catherine C.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Individual & family studies|
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